Document ReferenceLa Ref 56
TitlePhotocopy of autograph letter from Frieda and D.H. Lawrence, Villa Mirenda , Scandicci, Italy to Montague Weekley; Sunday [31 Oct. 1926].
Date31 October 1926 (c)
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionWas pleased to receive his letter and to hear he is better; is able to view a saint's day procession from her window and mentions that Lawrence will be going into the woods to write; tries to explain the theme of the short long story he is writing: 'always breaking new ground...curious class feeling...or rather the soul against the body...the animal part' [Lawrence interjects 'Ooray!!! Eureka!']; reports that they are getting 'such a jolly room ready' with goods from Florence, that the sun shines all day [Lawrence interjects 'some days'] and they are warm as toast; commiserates with his having to sit over 'horrid gasfires and dark England' [Lawrence interjects 'Poverino!!'].

Assures him next spring they will take a place in England where he can come at weekends and they can have a 'connected life'; says Lawrence also wants this, to see something of the younger generation; hopes Elsa [her daughter] has made the right decision and will not be bored with 'her Teddy' [Edward Seaman]; gives maternal advice but acknowledges he will get bored with her preaching; comments on recent visit by the Huxleys' [Aldous and Maria]; urges him to visit them at Christmas; signed 'Your mother'

Additional section by Lawrence begins with ironic reference to Frieda's ability to give and take advice; has not heard from the Stage Society people [about production of his play 'David'] so is unsure whether they will return to London in December for the play; emphatically does not want to but 'England expects'; suggests instead that he and 'Mistress Barby' [sister Barbara Weekley] come to them for Christmas; mentions that his mother yearns for someone to think the house grand and gets no satisfaction in that respect from him; reports on their ordinary way of life and his continuing painting of the house and furniture; remarks 'this is living heroically, ... la Frieda'; comments on the situation in Italy under Mussolini.

The second folio of the letter bears the Nottingham Public Libraries identification number M21224.
Termdramatic productions, plays, D.H. Lawrence 'David', proposed
literature, creative process, D.H. Lawrence
politics, Italy
Publication NoteJames T. Boulton and Lindeth Vasey, eds. 'The Letters of D.H. Lawrence' (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989) vol V, pp 569-70
Edward Nehls, ed. 'D.H. Lawrence: A Composite Biography' (Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press, 1959) vol 3 pp 115-16
E.W. Tedlock, ed. 'Frieda Lawrence The Memoirs and Correspondence' (London: Heinemann, 1961) pp 233-34

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA3378Seaman; Elsa (1902-1985); née Weekley; daughter of Frieda and Ernest Weekley1902-1985
NA3377Barr; Barbara (1904-1998); née Weekley; daughter of Frieda and Ernest Weekley1904-1998
NA169Lawrence; Frieda (1879-1956); née von Richthofen; married Ernest Weekley 1899 D.H. Lawrence 1914 Antonio Ravagli 19501879-1956
NA42Lawrence; D.H. (1885-1930); David Herbert; writer1885-1930
NA3383Weekley; Charles Montague (1900-1982); son of Ernest and Frieda Weekley1900-1982
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